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Police are concerned for missing man from Hebburn

Missing: Richard Bennett. Credit: Northumbria Police

Northumbria Police say they are concerned for a 44-year-old man who took his dog out for a walk five weeks ago and disappeared.

Richard Bennett, from Hebburn on South Tyneside, left his house on Thursday 27 March. His golden labrador was found in Newcastle ten days later.

Family of missing South Tyneside man becoming increasingly concerned

Missing: South Tyneside man Richard Bennett. Credit: Northumbria Police

The family of a missing South Tyneside man are appealing for him to get in touch.

44-year-old Richard Bennett has not been seen since Thursday 27 March and his family are becoming increasingly concerned.

Richard is 5ft 8 to 5ft 10 tall with a stocky build and could possibly now have facial hair. He has a light coloured mole on his left cheek and a prominent line between his eyebrows.

He may have been wearing a waterproof jacket, walking trousers, gaitors, walking boots and carrying a large rucksack.

Members of the public can contact Northumbria Police by calling 101.


South Tyneside Council staff will now be paid tomorrow

South Tyneside Council have confirmed that 6,000 of their employees will now be paid on Thursday 1 May, which is one day later than expected.

Following an issue with a delay in paying South Tyneside Council employees today, we can now confirm staff will be paid one day later than expected, on 1st May 2014.

“Arrangements are being put in place to assist staff with any hardship issues that may have arisen as a result of this delay. We thank staff for their patience and understanding on this matter.

“This is an isolated incident and we continue to investigate how it happened.”

– Spokesman, South Tyneside Council

6,000 staff at South Tyneside Council waiting to be paid

South Shields Town Hall. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

6,000 staff at South Tyneside Council are still waiting to be paid this month.

The salaries should have gone into their bank accounts today and the local authority is investigating the delay. The Council says it is treating the matter very seriously and hopes it will be resolved by the end of today.

Police in South Tyneside crack down on thieves

Police in South Tyneside are warning people to protect their property from thieves and burglars as part of a crime crackdown in the borough. Operation Domain includes extra patrols and leafleting. The activity is part of Operation Soundwave.

"We're working hard to prevent offences from taking place across the borough but residents can rest assured we're taking action against those people suspected of being involved in theft and burglary. "By taking a few simple steps - such as taking time to make sure doors and windows - including patio doors - are locked and secure, and considering installing security devices such as an alarm, security lighting or CCTV, people can reduce their risk of falling victim to a thief."

– Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt


Steve Cram joins British Athletics as mentor

The former World Champion 1500m runner Steve Cram is to become a key advisor to the British Athletics team.

Steve Cram, from South Tyneside, is an Olympic silver medallist Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

Cram, once known as the "Jarrow Arrow", joins marathon runner Paula Radcliffe and Mo Farah's coach Alberto Salazar as an advisor to the British Athletics endurance programme.

He will mentor athletes and coaches and offer technical expertise to those on the programme, which aims to make athletics the most successful British team at the Rio 2014 Olympics.

Tony 'The Fridge' abandons challenge after 52 miles

Tony Phoenix-Morrison, the fundraiser who carries a 42kg fridge, has been forced to abandon his latest challenge - which he had said would be his last - because of sickness.

Tony, known as 'The Fridge', was trying to run four marathons within 24 hours, starting with the London Marathon.

However, he has suffered sunstroke and sickness overnight, including fainting. He called the race off after his second marathon.

I don't care about records of challenges. I started this to raise thousands of pounds for charity, which I have. I had a magnificent reception from the Londoners and that is what counts. What will be, will be.

– Tony 'The Fridge' Phoenix-Morrison

South Tyneside Mayor goes overboard in lifeboat demonstration

Getting ready: Councillor Gibson before the plunge. Credit: Tynemouth RNLI
Going overboard: Councillor Gibson jumping off. Credit: Tynemouth RNLI
Councillor Gibson hitting the water. Credit: Tynemouth RNLI
Councillor making a splash. Credit: Tynemouth RNLI
Bobbing along: Councillor Gibson said he was happy to jump in twice. Credit: Tynemouth RNLI
Drying off: Councillor Gibson after the lifeboat exercise. Credit: Tynemouth RNLI

The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Ernest Gibson, jumped overboard near South Shields this weekend as part of a lifeboat demonstration.

The crew of the Spirit of Northumberland lifeboat then managed to successfully retrieve him in yesterday’s exercise.

Adrian Don, a spokesman for the Tynemouth RNLI, said: “Councillor Gibson appeared to enjoy every minute of the experience and even volunteered to jump in to the sea for a second time, to be recovered by the crew of our inshore lifeboat, before being returned to dry land.”

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